Where's My Water From?
Do you know where your water comes from? If not, check out the Texas Water Development Board’s Regional Water Planning Data Web Interface that can help identify your source of drinking water. You can also learn more about supplies for the future. If you need further assistance using the database, please review the Help Guide.
> The more Texans know about their water resources, the more likely they are to conserve.
The database allows you to search by water source, water user groups, wholesale water providers, or water management strategies.
For example, if you live in Abilene, choose the Water User Groups category, search for Abilene, and choose which county you live in (Jones in this example). The reports lists where your current water supplies come from and has projections for population, gallons per capita per day, total demand, and net demand.
In this example, the water resource comes from both Fort Phantom Hill Lake/Reservoir and OH Ivie Lake/Reservoir. For year 2020, 807 acre feet (ac-ft) of water are projected to come from Fort Phantom Hill and 100 ac-ft from OH Ivie Lake. Combined, the supply for 2020 is projected to be 907 ac-ft. However, the projected demand for 2020 is 1,035 ac ft. This means that the needs(shortages) for this area would be - 107 ac-ft. Because of the projected shortage, there is a number of water management strategies that Abilene plans to implement. Three hundred ac-ft will come from conservation measures, 10 ac-ft from an increase in treatment capacity, and another 10 ac-ft from Cedar Ridge Reservoir. With the combined strategies, the additional supply will total 320 ac-ft, more than enough for the predicted shortages.